The Sopranos actors Edie Falco and Steve Buscemi are among the mourners who have gathered at a New York church to bid farewell to their tragic co-star James Gandolfini at his funeral on Thursday (27Jun13).
Other members of his Tv family, including Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese and Aida Turturro, were also photographed arriving at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, while pal Alec Baldwin and Chris Christie, governor of Gandolfini's native New Jersey, were in attendance too.
Members of the public wanting to pay their respects to the late actor were allowed to take seats in the church after the invited guests had arrived.
The service, led by Reverend James A. Kowalski, is expected to last 90 minutes and will feature eulogies from David Chase, the creator of the hit mob drama, Gandolfini's widow Deborah Lin, and two family friends.
The funeral is being filmed by bosses at cable channel HBO, which aired The Sopranos, for a special family video, and network executives are believed to have also covered the costs of the ceremony.
Gandolfini died of a heart attack in Rome, Italy last Wednesday (19Jun13) at the age of 51.